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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  33 reviews
At age eighteen, when they become marriageable, all royal children in the Thousand Kingdoms must either go questing to rescue another royal or be hidden away to await rescue themselves. Some go the traditional route of princes rescuing princesses, but not all princes want to be rescuers…and some would rather rescue other princes.

Then there’s Prince Gerald, who has no inter
Published April 8th 2019 by NineStar Press
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Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was sent an eARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

This book was recommended to me because of the asexual main character. And that's really what I loved most about it, because the entire plot is woven around his asexuality in a way that was so fun and great to read. I loved seeing a character who knows himself so well that he's willing to go to any lengths to change a system that doesn't work for him.

However, the plot did drag a little in the middle, and the story
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨

When started reading this book I was full of hope. Sadly, they were dashed before long.

In The Thousand Kingdoms it's a tradition for the young royals to find their spouse when they turn 18 in the traditional quest, where some royals take the part of rescuers and the rest the part of rescuees. Gerald, however, doesn't want to participate. He doesn't want to get married. His mothers, however, are not sympathetic to his refusal and force him into the role of res
Lori S.
Great fun read!

Gerald does not want to marry, nor bed (have sex with), anyone. His proclamation is met with the usual incomprehension, disbelief, and, in the case of his parents, general derision. He's told to grow up and accept his responsibilities to get married and have children. When he refuses to participate in the traditional marriage game, taken straight out of fairy tale*, he's drugged and magicked into a tower in the middle of the desert to await his rescurer.

Gerald won't accept his fa
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the perfect book for me for right now. Fantasy/Fairytale-esque settings, dragons, not TOO serious but still substance to the story.
Plus, an introverted (aro)ace main character with anxiety issues? Gee, wonder who could relate to such a character :P
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I don't want to be married!" he shouted at the wall. "I don't want to fall in love! I don't want to sleep with anyone! Why is that such a problem for everyone?!"
This was very charming!

Read this review and more on the blog.!

Content warnings include: aphobia (both internalized and from outside), suicidal ideation, (magical) animal abuse, character gets drugged and enchanted against their will, character becomes physically disabled after suffering a serious injury.

Royal Rescue is the lovely s
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley.

“As I’ve told you,” Gerald said, “I’ve never felt that way. I’ve never even felt a hint of it. [...] And I don’t want to have to justify myself for the rest of my life. You don’t believe me; you’ve never believed me. You’ve always said to wait until I’m older. Well, how old do I have to be before you’ll agree I simply don’t have those feelings?”

I really enjoyed this! As an aro/ace person myself I definitely related to a lot of what Gerald was fe
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I try to read a few books each year with protagonists whose experience of life is very different from mine as a middle-aged straight white man. This one has an asexual protagonist, which is an experience of life I knew very little about going in. I enjoyed it as a well-written story, and also for what it taught me.

Prince Gerald, the protagonist, is certainly neurotic, in the technical sense of experiencing a lot of negative emotion. That seems like an understandable consequence of having hardly
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review

Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5

For the full review, visit on 4/8

From that review:Well, I just love this story!  New author and new fantasy story all in one.  Love it when that happens.  Especially when the author manages to take several standard fantasy elements and give them their own take.  Here Logan uses the familiar knight quest/damsel in distress/rescue as a major element, along with the dragon that guards the tower.  And prom
Trigger warning: suicidal tendencies, further trigger below

I went into this book hoping it would be a 3 star, maybe 4 star read. It ended up getting 1.5 stars out of 5 from me.

"Royal Rescue" is about Gerald, a prince who doesn't want to marry because he's asexual and aromantic. His two mothers want him to marry though, because it's tradition and important for the Kingdoms' well-being. The system in the Kingdoms is that every royal is grouped at the age of eighteen into rescuees or rescuers. The
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
If I shall not dare to presume that Mr(s?) Logan had fun penning down this excruciatingly long-winded attempt at marrying crack fanfiction and high fantasy, I did not derive much entertainment from it, nor did its sheer inventiveness often make me have the intented blast. Other reviewers have selected for blame the enormous tangle of hot-button societal themes this writer embraces only to twist them on their heads, from subverted gender polarities down to creative uses of disabilities; I must st ...more
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fairytale-influenced fantasy story about forging the life that works for you - even if it's not something anyone else is doing.

I have to admit, I came for the aro/ace protagonist, and actually the entire setup of the novel is there to force him to struggle with that identity. In the Thousand Kingdoms, once the children of royalty come of age, they choose to either go out and rescue other royals, or be placed somewhere to be rescued. Gerald has never had a crush, and doesn't want to marry; his
Lillian Francis
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really enjoyable read. I found the premise really interesting and the execution kept me engaged.
It's not often that an asexual takes the lead role in a book. I hesitate to call this a romance because Gerald does not have romantic feelings but I did enjoy the developing non-romantic relationship between Gerald and Omar. I wouldn't normally do spoilers but I would say do not expect it to move beyond a non-romantic relationship. I would hate for anyone to be disappointed that there isn'
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title: Royal Rescue
Author: A. Alex Logan
Publisher: NineStar Publication
ISBN: 978-1-950412-41-9
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Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel
At age eighteen, when they become marriageable, all royal children in the Thousand Kingdoms must either go questing to rescue another royal or be hidden away to await rescue themselves. Some go the traditional route of princes rescuing princesses, but not all princes want to be rescuers…and some would rather rescue ot
Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea
Content warnings: disbelief of asexuality, graphic burns, animal abuse, recovery from severe injury, emotional abuse from parents, self-loathing.

This book starts off really strong. For the first 30% or so, I was getting a great spirited fantasy adventure vibe that really reminded me of Patricia C Wrede's Enchanted Forest series, one of my all time favourites (and one the author name checks in the dedication). However, while I really appreciated that the story centred an asexual prince fed up wit
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
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Stunning debut release.

High fantasy with a dash of fun with serious under tones.

Gerald is adamant he will never marry, because to him marriage would be a lie. He has no sexual interest in anyone and marriage would portray he did, so sticking to his guns he refuses to participate in the quest that every royal must take part in when they reach 18. The Marriage Quest.

But waking up in a tower, in the desert with a guardian dragon at it's base has G
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This is a fascinating novel, one that manages somehow to be simultaneously two things at once.

On one hand, it’s an amazingly well developed fantasy, with vivid landscapes, an incredible menagerie of mythical animals, and a bit of fantastical whimsy and absurdity— I adored the banter with dragon (it doesn’t want a name, thank you, it’s a dragon) and, for better or worse, I will probably never entirely get the images of squirrels with swords out of my head. Trust me, it’s both terrifying and hilar
Viki /LostForReal/
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I am partial to retellings, I am of a half mind to write a few of them myself, even if it would end up unread in my computer (as my books tend to) but this also means I have some... expectations that may clash with other retellings.

I actually knew this was going to be an asexual... (also aromantic?)... romance. I do, for one reason or another, want to read more about these types of relationship. And this was a pretty good "introduction", like "aromantic relationships for dummies", because it rea
Susan Anne
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Royal Rescue by A. Alex Logan via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review. I wish this book had been published years ago when I was telling people I would never get married and they all said I would change my mind. They were wrong. I love Gerald knows who he is and doesn’t want to enter into a sham marriage to please his parents the queens. He despairs of ever meeting anyone who will understand him, but it is not a spoiler to say he does, although not nece ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Rating: 3,5

I was really excited when I was approved for this book. YA fantasy with an asexual main character? Hell yes. Ultimately, I was a little underwhelmed.
I really liked the fantasy aspect of the story, the world building and how it was crafted, especially the diversity (a kingdom with two queens? yes yes yes)
What didn't work for me was the pace. It felt too slow, too long, and, sometimes, like nothing was happening at all.
For me, in the end, the best part of this book it's the representa
Elaine White
May 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF'd at 5%

I'm gutted. I really, really wanted to like this book. The cover is gorgeous, the blurb is intriguing, but it's just not my cup of tea.

Gerald is an unlikeable character. All he does is complain, act like a child, and throw tantrums. I didn't like either of the Queens, who were supposed to care about him, and Lila was a spoiled brat who delighted in pushing Gerald's buttons and trying to prove that he was spoiled and she was the one who behaved as was expected.
Then add on the editing i
Natalie panda eyes
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Received from Netgalley. What sounds like a soft hearted, fun adventure is anything but. It’s a more important quest, emotional with a ton of insecurities. I went in thinking light and fluffy so got thrown a little. I Liked the plot and the execution. Loved the dragon and Erik. I liked the character growth between Gerald and Omar but it seemed like Gerald was stuck in his ways which for me did start to get a tad annoying. Worst character was Natali, should’ve left that thing behind. Contains an ...more
Barry Raifsnider
I really loved this book! I thought the pacing was very good and I really liked Gerald, Omar, and the dragon. It was a good mix of fun and serious and I look forward to seeing more from the author! The story was extremely satisfying but if there ever is more written about these characters, I'll be jumping on that immediately! I felt so much for Gerald, his family and almost everyone else around does not understand and refuses to even just listen to him about is asexuality and aromanticism and it ...more
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dropped
DNF at 31%

I was hoping I would like this, especially since the main character is asexual and it's difficult to find a fantasy where main character is asexual. I think the story is lacking and the plot boring for me. I was reading it for a few days, and one day I just never picked up the book again and frankly wasn't excited to get back to reading it. That's how I knew it was time to drop it. Maybe it would get better later in the book? I don't know. I just know that the first 30 percent didn't p
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is why I like netgally so much I would never pick up this book I would have thought its wasn't for me.
But I really enjoyed found its a breath of fresh air so different from any thing I had ever read.
The Royal Rescue has a great adventure in its to be honest what I really like about its was its made me think.
I dont want to spoiler its anyone so I would just say give its a chance its a really interesting read.
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading a book with an aro ace main character.

The world was very interesting, it was well accepted that people could be bi or gay with not problems. There were a couple of non-binary people, although I do remember Gerald’s mother asking him if he wanted to be rescued by a “prince or princess”. Aces and aros were not accepted at all, and their existence is denied/dismissed by most people Gerald knows.
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have three words for you: I loved it!

I am aromantic and asexual and this was the first time ever that I feel seen about what it means. About people not understanding that I can't fall in love and about younger me thinking that I was broken.

Also, I love stories with dragons, so that was definitively nice.
Jun 26, 2019 added it
Shelves: ya, 2019, fantasy, queer
LOVED having an ace and aro protagonist AND dragons <3 ...more
Stine Hopsdal
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
*free copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I love the untraditional twist to this whole story. There's nothing traditional to this fantasy, which I love. I often keep my distance from classic fantasy stories because the whole ''I'm a female and soooo helpless-storyline'' is so, so, so outdated and old.

Fast forward to this story, where you have a world in which being queer is normal, being bigender is normal, being a kick-ass woman is normal and being a guy in need of res
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The short blurb bit: Prince Gerald lives in a world that is about to get very uncomfortable for him. Once a person turns eighteen in the Thousand Kingdoms, they must find a spouse. This search for a life partner takes place in the form of an unusual quest. Everyone must choose whether they will head out to rescue another Prince/Princess/Princex or be put in a tower guarded by a mystical creature and be rescued. It’s all quite civilized. Once the choice is made, the names of all involved are publ ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is a LOT packed into this. I definitely went in expecting something a bit more light than I got, but there was also a lot more, for lack of a better word, sub-plot than I was expecting. I definitely liked it, but I feel like there was maybe a bit too much packed in for me to definitively say I LOVED it. Dealing with gender, sexuality, politics and disability all at once is... a lot. Dropping just one of those might have made it feel less jumpy but, like I said, I did like it so it's hard f ...more
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